Psychology Schools in Wisconsin

The following guide to psychology schools in Wisconsin, which includes profiles to several undergraduate and graduate psychology programs, is designed to help you decide which program is ideal for your academic and career goals. Wisconsin’s colleges and universities feature a variety of psychology programs, with concentrations ranging from general psychology to clinical psychology. Some universities also offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in psychology partially or entirely online.

Quick Facts:

  • There are 33 colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in Wisconsin.
  • 13 schools provide a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.
  • Highest graduation rate: University of Wisconsin – Madison 82%1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: Mount Mary College 28%1
  • Highest net price: Marquette University $30,4521
  • Lowest net price: University of Wisconsin – Green Bay $10,1801
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for schools in Wisconsin with psychology and counseling programs: $9,500 – $40,9702
  • 2 Schools in the Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013: University of Wisconsin at Madison (13) and University of Wisconsin at La Crosse (73).
  • 2 Schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100): University of Wisconsin at Madison (41) and Marquette University (83).
  • We found 3 highly ranked psychology doctorate programs by the National Research Council (2005-06) S-Ranking: University of Wisconsin at Madison (4), University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (164) and Marquette University (217).

*For 4-year colleges and universities with psychology degree programs. Transfer-out rate is the percentage of students who started as a freshman in 2005 and transferred to a different school without earning a degree at the initial institution.

Continue reading below to learn more about several of the popular undergraduate and graduate psychology programs offered in Wisconsin.

Psychology Undergraduate Programs in Wisconsin

Marquette University
Marquette University awards the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology to students who successfully complete the four-year, 128-credit undergraduate program. Psychology majors have the opportunity to tailor their major by choosing electives to match their academic and career goals. However, all psychology majors must complete certain core requirements, including general psychology, psychological measurements and statistics, and research methods and designs in psychology. Psychology students, particularly those who plan to pursue graduate study, are encouraged to seek out research opportunities on campus. Research assistant opportunities are typically available in one of nearly a dozen areas, such as personality development, clinical and child psychology, and help seeking for emotional disorders.

Carroll College
Carroll College offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Students will complete both core psychology and elective psychology courses in such areas as general psychology, developmental psychology, child psychology, health psychology, cognitive psychology, and animal behavior. Psychology majors must also choose a final major project such as a thesis, an internship, a practicum, or an independent research project to fulfill major requirements. Academically eligible students may want to apply for the psychology department’s honors program. Honor students must complete an honors thesis. The Psychology Club on campus, which hosts activities and events throughout the academic year, allows psychology students to network and to become involved on campus.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offers undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology. Students pursuing either degree take many of the same courses; the key difference between the two programs is that for general electives, BA students take additional language courses while BS students take additional science courses. Students in either degree program may elect to add an At-Risk Child and Youth minor or an emphasis in Gerontology. Psychology majors may also elect to pursue minors from other academic departments to compliment their personal interests. A nine-credit Honors program is offered for qualified students to conduct an independent research project under faculty supervision. Students are supported by the dedicated Psychology Advising Center throughout their academic careers and beyond. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse also maintains a graduate program in school psychology through which completing students earn both the Master of Science in Education and Education Specialist (EdS) degrees.

Psychology Graduate Programs in Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Stout
Graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Stout may pursue a Master of Science (MS) in Applied Psychology in one of three concentrations: industrial and organizational psychology, health promotion and disease prevention, or evaluation research. The psychology department also allows students to choose a double concentration. The program generally takes two years to complete full-time, although students may attend on a part-time basis. Regardless of the concentration, all psychology students must take such core courses as research design and analysis, applied social psychology, and psychometrics of test construction. Students must complete an internship and either a thesis or an independent research study to fulfill degree requirements.

Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology
The Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology features a Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Psychology. Students in the program generally move on to the school’s doctoral program, although students not prepared for doctoral study can earn a terminal master’s degree instead. The program features small class sizes with classes limited to 15 students, and all required courses are available in the evening. Students may attend full-time or part-time and are encouraged to join the on-campus organization The Association of Professional Psychology Students. Graduate students must complete a practicum to fulfill degree requirements. Assistantships may be available to eligible students.

Schools with Psychology Degree Programs in Wisconsin

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Carthage College
2001 Alford Park Dr
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 551-8500

Student Review: “Overall, I really enjoyed my time at Carthage College. I wasn’t sure of my major when I first attended classes as a transfer student, but quickly decided on psychology after meeting some of the faculty. The majority weren’t just lecturers – they actually encouraged us to find an area within the field of psychology that actually interested us. I especially enjoyed experimental psych which explored both human and animal behavior, using reliable scientific methodology. I thought this was quite a change from other schools that I had attended before (boring lectures straight from the text), and they sincerely took part in advising projects that I designed. As a non-traditional student who had kids at home, they were also understanding when I had to leave in a hurry, so long as I completed my work on time (which I did). I’d definitely recommend Carthage to anyone!” – student at Carthage College

University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 263-2400

Student Review: “The undergraduate Psychology program at UW-Madison is very strong in its wealth of opportunities and the variety of classes that are offered to students. The faculty were very approachable and you can immediately tell that they are passionate about the field of Psychology and extremely knowledgeable in the topics that they teach. They are always open to discussing research opportunities and welcome new students to apply to work in their labs. There are so many research opportunities for undergraduates that every student is bound to find a lab that suits their research interests. Furthermore, the Psychology department also offers a variety of career sessions that featured panelists from different divisions within Psychology including I/O Psychology, Counseling, Clinical, Social Work, Rehabilitation and School Psychology. The only aspect I felt the program lacked was communication between the department and students. While there are hundreds of opportunities available, these opportunities were not always made aware to students and were difficult to find. The program also lacks active student organizations that focus on the field of Psychology. While there were several Psychology based student organizations, most of them were not very active, had very few members, and I often did not feel like it was worth my time to attend any of the meetings.” – student at University of Wisconsin

Student Review: “I absolutely love being a student at UW-Milwaukee! UWM’s psychology program is both challenging and interesting. The course load is designed to make sure that you have a broad knowledge of psychology while still giving you room to focus on an area of specialty or interest. The professors are all very knowledgeable and understanding. Many of them use different learning techniques, so the classroom is never boring. It also helps that the class size is usually below 100 students. Individual assistance is always available, either through your professor or one of the many academic centers on campus. Personally, I love the online psych classes. They give me an opportunity to fulfill credits while staying at home. The online psychopathology course was amazing! I highly recommend it.” – student at University of Wisconsin

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
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